Hey guys, I recently picked up a FC WorldTimer Silver Dial on the Bracelet. Before I purchased the watch I did my fair share of Googling and came up with a few good posts and articles about the watch. I wanted to see what actual owners though of the watch before I made the purchase sight unseen. I figured I'd write a little review on my impressions on the piece to add to the list in case anyone finds themselves in the same position I was!
First off, this is my first Frédérique Constant and the first time I have ever seen/handled one in the metal. I have owned numerous Rolexes, Omegas, and Breitlings. My Current collection is comprised of AP, Omega, Montblac, and nowFrédérique Constant.
I purchased the watch from a well know online grey market dealer. I paid under half of the MSRP which was a big factor in my decision to purchase the watch. Simply put I was looking for something different and unique. Lately I've been on a complications kick and a WorldTimer for a steal of a price is what drew me toFrédérique Constant.
WOW! (That was my first impression).
Now to extrapolate on that.... The packaging was truly impressive. The box, which is all wood, with a nice synthetic material inside, was much nicer then I'm use to at this price point. Nicer then modern Rolex boxes thats for sure! (Not that Rolex is well known for their boxes) I was impressed by the quality right off the bat, and was pleasantly surprised. The watch shimmered. I did my usual once over, wind the crown, set the watch, quick timing check etc. All good to go!
On the Wrist:
I took the watch to my local Watch guy to have the bracelet sized. I hate sizing pin style bracelets, which is one of my dings against that watch, as it uses pins for the bracelet links. I bought the watch on the bracelet as it is easier to buy on the bracelet and get a leather strap later, rather then the other way around. The bracelet was of decent build and quality, my biggest gripe was the end-link fitment was a little sloppy and produced a decent amount of rattle. Not a biggie as I planned on wearing it on leather most of the time.
Later that day I stopped by some watch stores and found a nice leather strap for the WorldTimer
The watch was very comfortable on the wrist on both the bracelet and the aftermarket leather. The brown leather strap really brought the watch to life on the wrist. Throughout the day timekeeper has been accurate, and the complication working as intended.
The dial is simply gorgeous on this watch, the different depths of the dial and sunburst background really make it stand out and a joy to look at.
One thing to note, that on this model, the hour marker indices are lumed, but the hands are not. This has been corrected in future versions, but the silver dial version which I liked best, still had this oversight. The date is displayed at the 6 o'clock and the world times displayed along the center ring with day and night indicator in conjunction with the cities on the outer most edge. The date wheel at 6 o'clock does cover a city or two but it only takes a minute to memorize what cities. I see how this could be an annoyance, but I simply love how the date wheel sits above and the city and world time rings pass underneath.
I usually don't go crazy with the loupe on my watches, there is a always a tiny speck of something on the dial, and luckily I'm not that OCD. In this case I did notice a mark on the world time ring by the 1600 marker. It is pretty much invisible to the naked eye, but under a 6x loupe you can see the flaw clearly. Doesn't really bother me, as I stated, without the loupe it isn't noticeable.
The back offers a glimpse into the mechanics of the watch. The decoration on the movement is decent, nothing super impressive, but welcomed. I do love the fact that the movement is in house!
I'm very happy with the watch and impressed by the quality at the price point that Frédérique Constant offers!